Looks like a lot of folks are rallying behind Jennifer Roberts to be appointed mayor to replace Patrick Cannon. Well, at least quite a few who are social-media savvy. Not only has a Facebook group, Jennifer Watson Roberts for Charlotte Mayor, popped up, but there's also an online petition out now.
The Charlotte Business Journal reports seeing Roberts leaving the Government Center late Thursday:
Roberts played coy when asked if she was in the running for the vacant Charlotte mayor's post following Wednesday's arrest and resignation of Patrick Cannon. Charlotte City Council members are set to meet at 6 p.m. on Monday to appoint a new mayor.
"I'm not saying," Roberts responded.
How interesting. Last year, we listed Roberts as one of our dream candidates for mayor:
A progressive who strays from dogmatic rhetoric, a strong female leader who spent eight years as Mecklenburg County Commission chairwoman championing for education and the poor, and a former foreign service officer with the State Department and Morehead Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill - these are just a few of Jennifer Roberts' accolades. But perhaps her best attribute? She doesn't take anything - not even pillars of her party's agenda - at face value.
Other folks being considered for the position include state Sen. Dan Clodfelter, former council man James Mitchell, who lost in the Democratic mayoral primary last year to Cannon, and even council woman Patsy Kinsey, who served as mayor after Anthony Foxx left for D.C.
Can't wait to see what happens.